RADIOLOGY NEWS
Half of Calif. primary care docs unaware of breast density law
January 7, 2015 -- Half of California's primary care physicians are unaware of the state's breast density notification law, which suggests that the legislation has been unsuccessful in promoting discussions between women and their caregivers about breast cancer risk, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
CAD for virtual monochromatic CTC images shows high accuracy
January 6, 2015 -- A computer-aided detection (CAD) algorithm analyzed virtual monochromatic dual-energy CT colonography (CTC) images accurately with few false positives in a study from Massachusetts General Hospital. The researchers believe the study could pave the way to more accurate minimal-prep CTC.  Discuss
Tomo plus digital mammography decreases recalls by 37%
January 5, 2015 -- Adding tomosynthesis to digital mammography for breast cancer screening reduces recall rates by 37%, with the technique recording better performance for certain types of breast abnormalities, according to a new study in the January issue of Radiology.  Discuss
ACS: Cancer deaths drop 22% over 2 decades
January 2, 2015 -- The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently reported that there has been a 22% drop in mortality from cancer in the U.S. over the past two decades, a decline that translates into the avoidance of over 1.5 million cancer deaths.  Discuss
AJR: CT shows evidence of lung cancer spread via airways
December 30, 2014 -- New research with CT supports the hypothesis that lung adenocarcinoma may spread through the airways and not just through the blood. So-called aerogenous metastasis of lung cancer has implications for staging, management, and prognosis and may be underrecognized, the authors report in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Top 10 AuntMinnie stories for 2014
December 30, 2014 -- We're pleased to offer the top 10 stories on AuntMinnie.com for 2014, as measured by member traffic. Articles on breast screening dominated the headlines in 2014, with four of our top stories pertaining to breast imaging in one way or another.  Discuss
JACR: Radiology can learn from the hospitality industry
December 29, 2014 -- The patient experience has become an increasingly important issue in healthcare, as delivery models shift from volume- to value-based. But what exactly makes a patient's imaging experience positive? The hospitality industry can offer some insights, according to research published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
CAD detects lymph nodes at chest CT
December 24, 2014 -- A new automated tool developed at the National Institutes of Health can detect mediastinal and abdominal enlarged lymph nodes more accurately than previous techniques, according to a presentation at the 2014 RSNA meeting.  Discuss
Chest CT referrals from x-ray yield high rate of abnormalities
December 23, 2014 -- Nearly half of patients who receive radiologist recommendations for chest CT to evaluate abnormal findings on chest radiography have clinically relevant findings at CT, including a substantial number of new malignancies, according to a new study in Radiology.  Discuss
Radiation alarm Bleeper Sv reduces dose to cardiac cath staff
December 23, 2014 -- A beeping radiation dose monitor that is worn by healthcare personnel during cardiac catheterization procedures successfully reduced dose in a trial conducted by Texas researchers. Called Bleeper Sv, the monitor emits a warning sound that becomes louder and more frequent as exposure to radiation grows -- giving personnel a chance to modify their work habits to reduce dose.  Discuss
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